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Art + Design

School of

Art History

Marilyn Bradshaw, Chair


The Program

The B.A. with a major in art history provides both a strong foundation and advanced courses in art history and visual culture, as well as a variety of liberal arts electives and the study of a foreign language. Students are expected to discuss their programs of study, including electives, with assigned faculty advisors. In the art history major program, students learn how to articulate and express their ideas about art and develop research and writing skills as tools for communicating about art. Art history students research art and visual culture in depth and may pursue graduate study in art history or related fields. Many students complete internships at galleries and museums throughout the country.

To reflect the breadth and variety of art and visual culture, the art history program offers a diverse, comprehensive curriculum in the history of world cultures. Students from across the University have opportunities to participate in summer Fine Arts Study Abroad programs in Italy, Great Britain, and Mexico, where they experience art and visual culture in their unique historical and cultural contexts.

The undergraduate program prepares students to work in fields related to art history, or undertake graduate work at the master’s level before proceeding on to the Ph.D., which is the terminal degree in art history.

For complete program requirements please see the Ohio University catalog:

CLICK HERE for Undergraduate BA Art History Course Requirements

CLICK HERE for Graduate MA Art History Course Requirement


The Fine Arts Library, located in Ohio University's Alden Library, is a research facility which is particularly strong in Renaissance, 19th Century, Modern Art, and the History of Photography. Additional resources include a special collection of manuscript facsimiles and a multi-volume corps of prints, the Illustrated Bartsch.  

On-campus study collections available to all Art History students include the Kennedy Collection of Native American Art, Kennedy Collection of African Art, Trisolini Contemporary Print Collection, and Kennedy Museum of Art.

The Visual Resources Library, housed in Alden Library, contains over 180,000 images covering every aspect of Art History, including prints, drawings, ceramics, fashion, and photography.  

The State of Ohio is rich in public art museums, with institutions in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown. Faculty routinely arrange field trips to them as supplements to classwork. 


Admissions Information

No requirements beyond University admissions requirements.





Jennie Klein

Area Chair, Professor of Art History, Art
(740) 593-4288

Marilyn Bradshaw

Professor of Art History
(740) 566-6460

Marion S. Lee

Associate Professor of Art History
(740) 566-6469

Andrea Frohne

Associate Professor of African Art History
(740) 593-4288